The IT List: Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

One trend we are loving for fall is steampunk. Now, there’s a good chance you’re thinking, “What is steampunk?”. We like to think of it as what the past would look like if the future had happened sooner. It’s a style that emerged from a sub-genre of science fiction that mixes the Victorian Era with the Industrial Revolution (cool, right?). It might seem intimidating at first – the intricate designs and costume-like silhouettes – but you don’t have to go full-blown Helena Bonham Carter to rock this quirky trend. Find out how we pull style inspiration from all things steampunk

One way to make a trend like this more wearable is by working it into your accessories. I like to think of this method as “catwalk” to “sidewalk”, a way to make couture more everyday. I’ve pulled together an “inspiration board” to help you kickstart your journey into the world of steampunk.

Steampunk Inspiration Board

Shop The Look: Ring: Etsy ($33) Pocket WatchEtsy ($24.75) Velvet BootsModcloth ($120) SunglassesAliexpress ($4.31)

Being the college-loving bunch that we are, we also can’t resist the steampunk-inspired school supplies from Pierre Belvédère. In particular, we’re big fans of the Agendas pictured below.  The best part? They’re available at your campus bookstore!

Pierre Belvedere Beauty Shot

How do you plan to work some steampunk into your every day style? Post a comment below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe L. of Penn State

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The IT List: Neons with Neutrals

Pairing neutral pieces with neon pops of color is a great way to add some vibrancy to an outfit, without going overboard. But which neutrals really complement all of our favorite neons? Sure…black goes with everything, but it’s camel that softens the glare of a hot pink top. And though a crisp white paired with neon yellow gives off a summery feel, it’s gray that really makes it pop. We decided to compile a handy guide showcasing all of our favorite Neon & Neutral pairs.

The Pair: Neon Yellow & Grey

Something about a muted gray really makes neon yellow accents pop. We started with a monochromatic look – a grey collegiate tee from any Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore and a pair of grey skinny jeans. We added in a neon handbag and neon-capped ballet flats, which really stand out against the grey.

The Pair: Neon Pink & Camel

Hot pink can be hard to pull off (unless, of course, you’re Barbie). However, pairing highlighter pink accessories with a camel colored dress makes for the perfect combination. We took a Military Shirt Dress from Oasis and paired it with neon pink skimmers. For accessories, we opted for a neon pink statement necklace from BaubleBar and a cork-inspired clutch from J. Crew (to add some texture).

The Pair: Neon Orange & Egg Shell

Neon orange is no longer reserved for traffic cones and life preservers. In fact, when paired with a soft egg shell color, it can come out looking quite pretty. We took a brightly-colored River Island Skater Skirt and matched it up with a lacy crochet top from Awwdore. The neutral tone and intricate details of the shirt offset the attention-grabbing shade of the skirt. We finished it off with some adorable Steve Madden Oxfords and a funky geometric necklace from Forever 21.

The Pair: Neon Green & Navy Blue

The last color-duo we’ll be tackling is neon green & navy blue. The brightness of a lime green looks fabulous next to a deep navy. We took a vibrant pair of lace-trimmed neon shorts from Forever 21 and a flowy navy blue top from ModCloth. We also decided to break away from solid colors with a pair of navy & white striped loafers and finished off the look with silver triangular studs.

What neon & neutral colors do you wear together? Share your advice in the comments!

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Five Ways to Revamp Your Style (For Free!)

We all know that it can get expensive buying makeup, going to the salon, etc so I found this fantastic article by the ever-so-lovely Lauren Conrad about how to switch up your style… without spending a cent! You can read the full post here but I’ll give you the quick overview of everything.

1. Change the part in your hair.

You can give yourself a whole new look just by parting your hair in different ways. Play around with it and see which way you like best! (throwback to the 90’s zig-zag part, anyone?)

2. Try bold lips or a cat eye.

Tweaking things in your makeup routine can make you feel refreshed and help you break out of a routine. Try rocking a red lip or some winged-out eyeliner to instantly feel fabulous and daring.

3. DIY face masks

You may not know, but you can make face masks with things in your kitchen! There are so many different kinds that are for all skin types and skin problems. Check out this list of recipes here.

4. Natural Teeth Whiteners

Drugstore whitening strips can do some damage to your wallet, so an at home recipe mixes baking soda and lemon juice together. It creates a paste that you brush onto teeth and let sit for a about a minute before cleaning off.

5. Fix Your Posture

Learn to stand up straight! It can really change your attitude and mood if you’re standing confidently. Perfect posture is something we should all be striving toward!

What are some of your tips to change up your style without spending cash?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The IT List: Swim Suit Style

It’s almost time to hit the beach – finally! Now is the time to start scouting out the perfect suit/cover-up combo so you can strut your stuff. It’s all about fun in the sun (with plenty of sunscreen!). Check out some of my favorite summer beach styles.

Swimwear

(left) floral “midkini” from Target – top $17.99/bottom $14.99, (middle) crochet bikini crop top from Victorias Secret PINK – top $36.50/bottom $18.50-$24.50, (right) fringe bandeau from Forever 21 – top $13.80/bottom $9.80

Cover-ups

(from left to right): floral racerback cover up from Target – $19.99, rip curl cover up from Pacsun – $43.5, abstract print cover up from Forever21 – $14.80

Beach Towels

surfboards beach towel from Target – $9, wild thing towel from VS PINK – $19.50, marilyn monroe towel from Bed Bath & Beyond – $29.99

What’s your go-to beach accessory?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The IT List: Summer Essentials Part I

Beat the heat with these awesome styles for summer. Whether it’s vibrant shades that add a much-needed pop of color or trendy accessories that help you keep cool during the hot summer months, these items should definitely be on your shopping list. Keep reading for our Summer Essentials, Part I!

Orange Orange Orange! Orange is the HOT color this summer. Add this neon hue into your summer style by incorporating small pops of color in order to make a BIG statement.

Matte Lipstick

Pretty pinks, bold reds, and exotic oranges are just some of the colors that you can wear with matte lipsticks. Unlike sticky lip-gloss, matte lipsticks provide bold or subtle colors that stay on longer and without the mess.

The “Short-Suit”

This trend is one that’s a bit more daring. From the innovative take on the “Pant-Suit” comes a fun, trendy, and stylish new outfit that is perfect for almost any occasion. The short-suit can be styled for a business casual look to a day out in the city. Coming in many different patterns and materials, this trend is definitely one to try this summer.

Check out this article for more ideas about how to wear the “short-suit”!

The Floppy Hat

Nothing says summer vacation quite like wearing a big floppy hat by the pool.  The classic piece can be worn with a bathing suit, a sundress, or a t-shirt and shorts! It is an essential that is both cute to wear and useful! These hats come in many different colors, styles, and sizes so you are sure to find one that fits you. The floppy hat is a classy summer essential that can spruce up any outfit!

Which of these will be you trying out this summer? Don’t forget to check back this week for Summer Essentials: Part II!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sydney Sheehan

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Summer Job Outfits…on a Budget!

Summer is here and – now that you’ve landed a great summer gig – it’s important to dress chic while staying within your budget! With these looks, you’ll be the fashionista of your office. Here are some outfits that are cute and appropriate for the work place whether you’re working in a business casual or corporate setting.

Business Casual Outfit #1

Color Block Dress (Target) $20, Sparkling Leaf Necklace (Forever 21) $9.80, Silver Gladiator Sandals (Asos.com) $48

Business Casual Outfit #2

Peplum Skirt (Forver21) $22.80, Studded Button Down (Forever21) $22.80, Gold Flats (Target) $15.99

Corporate Outfit #1

Black Pants (Forever21) $24.80, Embellished Button Down (Lord and Taylor) $33, Blazer (H&M) $30, Blue Heels (Forever 21) $35

Corporate Outfit #2

Neck Tie Blouse (Forever21) $18, Printed Skirt (Target) $23, Nude Heel (ASOS) $22

How do you shop for work outfits on a budget? If you like these outfit ideas, check out our other “Dress for Success…for Less!” ideas.

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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IT List: 5 Affordable Essentials for this Spring

Fashions this spring are fun and lighthearted so it’s easy to go overboard. This checklist of essentials will have you on-trend without toeing the line between cutie and crazy girl.

These accessories in Asian prints and neon colors are exactly what we mean by fun essentials, but be weary of looking like a flash back to the 80’s. The key to pulling these looks off is moderation and pairing with more neutral basics. We recommend going to scarf route to tie in Asian prints unless you are very adventurous-  like Jessa from HBO’s Girls.

Patterned and colored jeans are here to stay this spring and floral patterns are going bigger. Why not kill two birds with one stone with this sweet pair from Abercrombie & Fitch? Pieces that multi-task save you closet space and cash which is why we’re suggesting you tone down this colorful look with a dark colored boyfriend blazer that can keep you warm during the day or at night.

Boyfriend blazers are a bit longer than regular blazers so they also work well pair with dresses or skirts. This one is $60 from Topshop and we’re betting H&M also has a nice selection.

For more IT list trends check out these similar posts:
The IT List: Tweed
The IT List: Going For Gold
The IT List: Ankle Boots

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Made in the USA

No trend feels quite like home as much as the wave of Americana that’s been sweeping the nation. With a big nod to nostalgia, this trend celebrates all things that come from the land of the Red, White & Blue. We’re very excited to kick off our latest style series: Made in the USA. Each week we’ll be featuring a new product that’s – you guessed it – made right here in the United States. This week, we’re starting off with a set of tote bags that combine this trend with our other love – classic books.

Out of Print Clothing honors some of the greatest stories ever told through fashion and accessories. As their name suggests, they take iconic (and often Out of Print) book covers and feature them on their products. The result is a beautiful combination of literature and style. What’s even better – for each product sold, Out of Print donates a book to a community in need.

We’re thrilled to be carrying a few of their AMAZING tote bags in some of our stores. Whether you’re a devoted fan of Jane Austen or as intrigued by the mysterious Jay Gatsby as we are, you’ll be sure to fall in love with these bags.

The feathery Pride and Prejudice cover art comes from the original 19th century jacket designed by Hugh Thomson. However, if you’re anxiously awaiting The Great Gatsby film release this year, you can satisfy your Gatsby craving with the bag based off of the renowned 1925 first edition jacket by Francis Cugat. The Jane Eyre tote’s sweeping colors come from the Universal Library edition jacket.

These bags are available at select Barnes & Noble College bookstores so stop in today! Which bag will you be toting around? Post a comment!

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The IT List: New Year’s Eve Style

Finding the right New Year’s Eve outfit is as important to many people as watching the ball drop in Times Square. We know you’ll be filtering tons of Instagram photos and uploading tons of pictures to Facebook – so make sure you do it in style! We’ve got outfit ideas for whatever is you’ll be doing at the stroke of midnight.

PARTY WITH FRIENDS

You’re ringing in 2013 with 50 of your closest friends! We decided to go bold as a way of welcoming in the new year. A sparkly, champagne-colored dress paired with both a fuschia necklace AND pumps is fun and bright without looking tacky.

FAMILY GATHERING

Sky-high heels and a glittery dress might not be ideal for spending the last few minutes of 2012 with Grandma. Instead, try a sparkling sweater with skinny jeans and a plain tank. Black boots will keep you comfortable while statement earrings will add a little flash. Hellooooo 2013!

STAYING IN

Whether crowds aren’t your thing or you just want to relax while you count down to midnight, you can still look festive on a new year’s eve staying in. Pair comfortable leggings with a cushy pair of black loafers. On top, throw on a draped metallic sweater for a look that’s super comfortable, but still has a New Year’s flare.

Which ensemble will you be sporting this New Year’s Eve? Post a comment below and we’ll share it with our readers!

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The IT List: Tweed

Long gone are the days when tweed was reserved solely for professors or librarians. Nowadays, anyone can channel their inner academic and sport tweed pieces fashionably. We decided to make this trend a little bit easier by pulling together some of our favorite tweed items. Keep reading to find out which ones we picked!

The items we picked: Steve Madden Women’s Classic Tweed Flats, H&M Blazer, Forever 21 Tweed Pencil Skirt, Mossimo Womens Moto Tweed Jacket, Boucle Crossbody Bag

Which is your favorite? How would you work it into your everyday style?

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